|MSG greeted by his students at his Mylapore house|
The two were among the many distinguished Indians who were named for the various Padma awards that are announced on the eve of Republic Day.
Both are very senior musicians who continue to perform on stage in this age.
MSG as he is fondly known among the Carnatic music community as well as rasikas was earlier decorated with the Padma Shri award besides the prestigious Sangita Kalanidhi award that the Music Academy awards to a distinguished classical artiste at its Conference annually.
As the news of the award did the rounds, senior artistes called this violinist who is a master in the Carnatic and the Hindustani styles and has performed widely in India and abroad.
At his residence in Chennai - on Apparswamy Koil Street ( opposite the Sri Anjaneya Temple, Luz) , the 81 year old artiste welcomed a stream of his students and his son's students even as his phone kept ringing all the time.
Says MSG, "I am happy with the award. Awards come to those who deserve them. We should not go after awards."
Adds his daughter Lata, "It has been a great year for my dad. As a part of the ongoing commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, the Sangeet Natak Akademi chose him for the Tagore Akademi Ratna and now comes the Padma Shri award."
MSG has promoted and upheld the Parur bani of music which was created by his father. He has been performing on stage even at this age.
The buzz at TVG's residence in Thiruvanmiyur, south Chennai was also high as the news of the award reached his rasikas, sishyas and musicians.
TVG, who always pays his due to his guru, Chemmbai Vaidyanatha bhagavathar has many parts to his career and life. He is one of the few artistes who is a master of the Carnatic and Hindustani styles of music and has indulged in composing, directing and teaching. Artistes like Kadri Gopalnath have been mentored by him.
And he continues to join hands with musicians of all streams like jazz, film and folk.
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